Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

There’s a good reason why more than half a million people take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour each year. It’s an experience unlike any other over one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

With a wide range of professional helicopter tours on offer, from grand VIP trips to shorter rides, there’s an experience to suit every taste and budget. If you want to experience everything Las Vegas has to offer, then don’t just stop at the slots: this has to be one of those ‘bucket list’ moments for anyone taking a trip to Arizona and Nevada.

What to expect

No matter which Grand Canyon helicopter tour you choose, you’ll enjoy panoramic views from way up high in the skies above Arizona. As you scan the sights, try and spot some of the famous landmarks below, like the Hoover Dam and the blue waters of Lake Mead. You can see all these wonders from the comfort of your helicopter.

Most of these helicopter models are complete with wrap-around windows. This means you can enjoy a 180-degree view as you fly. With the help of your audio guide, you’ll find out everything you need to know about the landmarks below. Not only will you come away feeling exhilarated, but there’s also a good chance you’ll have learned a thing or two as well.

After circling the Grand Canyon (which stretches across an impressive 277 miles), your helicopter will eventually land on an inside plateau. This gives you a chance to get out and take a look at the canyon’s unique geology up close.

Heading back

Then, once you’re done, you’ll take a return flight back to base camp. Don’t be afraid to use the time exploring the canyon to ask your pilot questions; they know almost everything about this place.

As you begin to make your way back, you’ll see the familiar skyline of Las Vegas as you swoop over the hotels and casinos dotted along the Strip. From there you’ll be transferred back to the comfort of your hotel.

On the whole, most helicopter rides last an entire morning or afternoon. This includes an hour of flying time and at least half an hour to explore the canyon.

Practical info

You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel, so there’s no need to  worry about arranging any transport: it’s all done for you. This experience is entirely hassle-free, and all that’s left for you to do is sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth. Just don’t forget your camera, but bear in mind that, ‘selfie sticks’ and any extending camera poles can’t be used inside the aircraft.

The length and price of your flight will vary depending on the helicopter tour you select. You can even team up some of the trips with other exciting activities like horse riding, a jeep tour, and boat rides. However, the most popular add-on has to be the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Our top tip: book your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.  As you start to research your options, you’ll get a feel for the kind of tour that best suits you. Some companies even provide a limousine pickup. If that’s something you think you’d enjoy, select a company offering these kinds of luxury VIP add-ons.

On the day of your flight, you’ll need to bring with you some ID to be permitted onto the helicopter. If you’re planning a trip between March and September, wear layered clothing. If you’re coming between October and mid-March, winter clothing is usually preferable, as it can get pretty chilly in the canyon. The ground at the Grand Canyon is pretty uneven, so you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes covering your toes, something that can cope with rougher terrain.

You should also be aware that the allocation of seats inside a Grand Canyon helicopter tour is based on weight, which means most companies don’t guarantee passengers a front-row seat. Nevertheless, you’ll still have the time of your life.